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Transfer Student Spotlight: Meet Karla Arce

Celebrating Our Transfer Students During National Transfer Student Week

Oct. 17-21 is National Transfer Student Week, and we take this opportunity to feature some of our outstanding transfer students. 

UHD welcomes thousands of transfer students each year to campus, including College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) Psychology major Melissa Roa, a junior who transferred from San Jacinto College Central Campus. We introduced Melissa in the last edition of UHD News—read her story.

Today, we meet Karla Arce, a junior in the Marilyn Davies College of Business and a Bauer Scholarship recipient. After earning her associate degree in Business at Houston Community College (HCC), Karla wanted to find the right university to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration. Read on to learn what Karla has to say about why UHD is her university of choice.

UHD’s Accelerated Transfer Academy is hosting several events this week in celebration of National Transfer Student Week—check out the opportunities at the end of the Karla’s interview!

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What is your major and expected graduation date?

I’m a Business Administration major with plans to graduate in May 2024.

What made UHD your university of choice for your bachelor’s degree?

I knew about UHD because my sister (Nelly Arce Ramos Brooks, ’21) graduated from the College of Public Service (CPS) Social Work program, and she had a very positive experience. I wanted the same kind of experience she had, especially the small class sizes. I looked into the Marilyn Davies College of Business (MDCOB), and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they made the transfer process. I was trying to make sure I did everything I was supposed to do, but I didn’t have to figure it out by myself. For example, someone at the College or in the Office of Admissions would give me a list of exactly what I needed to bring for the next visit. 

It was a very straightforward process. I appreciated that because I have a job, and my schedule is very busy. Everyone was so helpful, both at MDCOB and Admissions, with making sure my credits transferred. That’s an important part of the process! Even when there was a minor issue with one of my courses, it was fixed immediately. I couldn’t believe how easy they made the process.

Are there any particular experiences that reassured your decision to choose UHD? 

My classes are great, and again, it’s really the support that’s been provided. Everything was so streamlined. At one point during the process, my mother asked me if I were actually enrolled in school! I was spending so much less time going to campus to resolve issues, she thought I hadn't enrolled! I had to reassure her over and over and explain that UHD just had a better process for helping students. For example, MDCOB proactively reached out to give me information about the Bauer Scholarship and other helpful information, like Gator Cares. At UHD, they’re just very nurturing.

What advice would you give to students considering transferring to UHD?

Whatever college experience you had before UHD, here you will feel taken care of. They’re more hands-on and proactive with helping you through the transfer process and even after. When it comes to your college classes, you have to set a goal and focus on the goal; stay on the path no matter what. It will be worth it. Even when it seems that there’s too much homework or too many late nights, it’s all worth it. And there are people at UHD who can help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask!

Accelerated Transfer Academy (ATA) Events for National Transfer Student Week 

Tuesday, Oct. 18
9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.        
TEx Conference 2022       
RSVP: https://cglink.me/2fR/r1615261       
TEx Conference website: https://uhd.campusgroups.com/TExConference/  
This virtual conference will provide high-impact workshops from student support offices on campus. Students attending the event will be entered into a raffle to win a free laptop. We will also be giving away ATA swag (planners, T-shirts, etc.). In-person students who register are invited to to eat lunch with the ATA students in S418 (you must RSVP to get lunch).

Wednesday, Oct. 19
3–6 p.m.        
CLC Connection: Internships        
RSVP: https://cglink.me/2fR/r1406546  
UHD Main Career Center will be hosting a workshop on how to find an internship from 3–4 p.m.. Also,  ATA students will share their experiences as interns and how to network while in an internship from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20
4:30–6 p.m.         
CLC Connection: Real Estate and Home Ownership        
RSVP: https://cglink.me/2fR/r1614317 
Tremaine Kwasikpui, Director of Student Activities, will join us to share how to pursue a career in real estate and offer advice on home ownership. 

If you know of a student who is looking for the right university home to finish their undergraduate degree, the Office of Transfer Relations can help. Contact the team at uhdadmit@uhd.edu or 713-221-8522. 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.